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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have owned 2 Vulcan 750s, and have had good luck with them. But, they were both bought new. The Vulcan 750 has a lot of known issues, which most owners don't know about, that can cause serious problems. Stators tend to fail, and you have to pull the engine to replace one. Pulling the engine means disassembling much of the bike. The counterbalancer dampers tend to fail after many years, allowing the balancer to grind right through the case. The cam chain tensioners are perhaps the worst weak spot, they are a poor design, and are almost guaranteed to fail, and if you let them go too far, they will destroy the engine. The final drive splines were not lubricated properly at the factory, and are prone to failure. Knowing about this, I did a spline lube on my brand new 2002 about a week after bring it home. Splines were bone dry. Had I waited until the manual said to do it, there would have been considerable damage to the splines.
I personally would not buy a used Vulcan 750. There are just too many possible problems that are almost impossible to check when buying, and chances are high that some of these serious issues will exist. As much as I like riding this bike, I do not at all like the way Kawasaki designed it. It runs beautifully, but is just too complex, and there are too many things that at least IMO were not designed right. Actually this whole post in my opinion, but do a lot of reading on this forum about the problems people are having with it before you decide to buy one.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike